Originally Posted by theoutbackdream
This is what i heard...
Even though its low on power, Subaru lowered the gear ratio to feel more "torquey"
However, due to this, once you hit 3rd gear, you have little to no power when mashed on the gas
But its worth it IMO for a 30mpg AWD..
I test drove the 5 speed and I own(ed) the CVT. I will say that the CVT feel torquey like others have mentioned. I think the mating of the CVT with this relatively low powered motor is great. The initial acceleration feels nice.
The 5 speed on the other hand felt very under-powered off the line. I would test drive both before making a decision if you are on the fence. I am a manual transmission type of guy, but I felt that getting the CVT was the right decision.